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Old 03-29-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
 
Vacuum question

I have a simple question that I have been wondering awhile and I just wanted to get some feedback on.

first off i have a 75g med planted tank.


when vacuuming do i want to just vacuum the surface of the gravel substrate or do i want to jam that thing down the inch or two to the bottom of the tank?

pretty simple question.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
 
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i always jam mine down there, not jammin some much around my plants however.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:11 PM   #3
 
You don't want to disturb the roots and you want some of the mulm to be around the root/planted areas for the plants to use as food.
So IMO you don't want to jam the vacuum down around the plant root areas.....
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:34 PM   #4
 
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I agree. I never vacuum in the gravelof my planted tanks except in the front areas where the bottom fish feed, to keep it clean; there are no plants in these areas. Except for this, I leave the mulm to sink in the substrate and be changed into nutrients by the bacteria. Wonderful plant food.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:47 PM   #5
 
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yep,me too,just the top layer,because my plec poopies
usually end up at the front,and it looks gross,however i have been known to
scoop the poop to the back for the plants.the vallis seem to thrive on it.

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Old 03-30-2010, 03:00 PM   #6
 
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I just had to google the word mulm. I had no idea there was a technical term for undecomposed fish waste. Learn something new every day, I guess.
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